William Hurt Quits “Midnight Rider” After On-Set Death

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 7: People march along Sunset Boulevard from the Directors Guild of America to the International Cinematographers Guild national offices in a candlelight walk and memorial for Sarah Jones, an assistant camerawoman who was killed by a train while shooting the Gregg Allman biopic film, Midnight Rider, on March 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The remembrance of the 27-year-old camerawoman is organized by members of the International Cinematographers Guild and the production community who want to highlight the importance of safety over a production's schedule or budget. The accident which occurred February 20 on a train trestle over the Altamaha River in Georgia and injured seven other crew members. Production on the film starring William Hurt and directed by Randall Miller has been suspended since the February 20 tragedy. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
William Hurt
has dropped out of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” after the on-set death of Sarah Jones.

Jones, 27, was tragically killed in February in an accident, when a train crossed a bridge where she was filming a scene for the film.

According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Hurt has exited the project as director Randall Miller was gearing up to restart production.

In a letter obtained by the “L.A. Times” last month, the veteran actor shared the details of the crash to a friend.

Hurt explains that although no other trains were scheduled to cross the bridge that evening, they’d have one minute to get to safety.

 “I took off my shoes, got on the heavy, metal hospital bed and began preparing… We didn’t have sixty seconds. We had less than thirty,” he reportedly wrote (via “L.A. Times”).

In March, Jones’s name was featured during the Oscars “In Memoriam” segment, and her death has started a movement regarding the safety standards of film crews.